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Talent and Autism - Panel Discussion

Extraordinary Talent remains one of the big unexplained puzzles, which will only be solved by a true collaboration between sciences and humanities.


An evening discussion convened jointly by the British Academy and the Royal Society

Chair: Uta Frith, Moderator: Daniel Glaser

Extraordinary Talent remains one of the big unexplained puzzles, which will only be solved by a true collaboration between sciences and humanities. One key to the puzzle might be provided by the raised incidence of exceptional talent in individuals with autism. A Discussion Meeting on Autism and Talent was organised under the joint auspices of the British Academy and Royal Society and held in September 2008. Contributors from different disciplines explored aspects ranging from the prevalence and nature of exceptional talent and its basis in the brain, to the cognitive theories currently trying to explain the origin of talent, to the representation of talent and autism in biography and fiction. The outcome of this meeting showed some remarkable convergence of ideas, for instance, the possibility that a detail-focused processing style may predispose to talent. However, it is also clear that many of the most important questions still remain open. Are great artists fundamentally different from the rest of us? Is talent mainly nature or nurture? Is there a price to pay for exceptional ability in one domain? Does having a little bit of autism predispose to talent?

The panel will open discussion on these and similar questions.

More details are available at http://royalsociety.org/event.asp?id=8200


Speaker(s):

Professor Francesca Happé | talks
Dr Mark Lythgoe | talks | www
Professor John Sloboda | talks

 

Date and Time:

12 March 2009 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AG
+44 20 74 51 2500
http://www.royalsociety.org

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Free

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